Check out NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s Weekly Roundup, a list of interesting blog posts and online content relating to mental illness and mental health, picked by our staff.
The articles and blogs included on this list do not necessarily represent the views of NAMI.
Local Focus / Cool Instagram Account
@nikita.zook – Pittsburgh-based artist, illustrator, and designer
Local artist Nikita Zook creates colorful, minimalistic images with a focus on emotions, feelings, and mental health. She recently released a zine called “Grief, Sometimes” that wrestles with the difficulties of talking about and understanding feelings of grief. You can view her work at Tazza D’Oro (Highland Ave) all this month.
Around The Web
“Seize the Awkward campaign knows how hard it is to talk to loved ones about their mental health” by Rebecca Ruiz for Mashable (Link)
Seize the Awkward is a new campaign partnership between Droga5, the Jed Foundation (JED), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the Ad Council as a way to raise awareness about mental health for young people. The informational website includes “awkward” videos featuring YouTube stars, information on warning signs that a friend may be struggling, and helpful conversation starters.
“Eight artworks inspired by mental health problems” for The Guardian (Link)
Artwork has a great importance in mental health. It can be therapeutic. It can help us to express ourselves when words fail us. It can help us feel less alone. This article features eight pieces of art submitted to The Perspective Project, a website that serves as an artistic outlet for individuals around the world that live with mental illness.
NAMI Blog Focus
“5 Sleep Tips That Can Help With Depression” by Sarah Cummings for NAMI (Link)
Depression can severely affect a person’s ability to get restful sleep, whether it’s through insomnia, early morning awakenings, or long bouts of restless sleep. This article focuses on easy sleep tips to help with depression. My personal favorite is turning your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary – personally, I fill my sleep space with essential oil diffusers, photos of loved ones, and comfortable blankets and sheets.
“Katie’s Year in Recovery” by The Sporkful (Link) [Content Warning: Eating Disorder Recovery and Relapse]
The Sporkful went in a different direction this week with a powerful episode on eating disorder recovery (normally, this podcast is on everything else surrounding food). Special guest Katie Hacker discusses her 2017 New Year’s Resolution to recover from her eating disorder, chronicling her ups and downs in an audio diary. Most notably, she ends the podcast will a tale of triumph – how she won a battle with her eating disorder, personified as “Ed,” by ordering a delicious brunch dish of shrimp and grits.